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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
What are Professional Learning Communities?
A Professional Learning Community is an ongoing process used to establish a schoolwide culture that develops teacher leadership explicitly focused on student learning and a commitment to improvement.
Teachers share experiences, observe each other, discuss teaching, and use collective inquiry to help sustain improvement. In addition, administrators share decision making with teachers, and provide opportunities for teachers to serve as leaders (The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, 2009).
Professional Learning Communities have the following defining elements:
  • Focus on Learning- promote a shared vision dedicated to student learning and committed to school improvement (Reichstetter, 2006);

  • Build a Collaborative Culture- operate on the premise that teamwork allows professionals to achieve more than they can alone (DuFour & Eaker, 1998); and

  • Focus on Results- encourage teachers to respond to data with collective accountability and adjust classroom practices to improve student learning (White & McIntosh, 2007).
  • ADJUST: RtI Tiered Interventions
    Join us in Step 6 of the Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle (PTLC): ADJUST. We will reflect on the implications of the analysis of student learning to focus on meeting the needs of the learner. Participants will discuss alternative instructional strategies, interventions, and modifications to the original instructional strategy and/or lesson that may be better suited to promote student learning.

  • Digitally Connected Learning Communities
    Learn how to use technology as a tool for flexible collaboration, and extend the learning environment beyond your current space. Bring your laptop and be ready to actively participate in using technology tools to streamline processes, and increase efficiency and effectiveness in your learning communities. (iPads and tablets do not fully support all tools needed for this session.)

  • Learning from Common Assessments
    In Professional Learning Communities, teachers work together to answer four critical questions: What do we want students to learn? How will we know if they have learned? How will we respond when they don't learn? How will we respond when they do learn? In this session, participants will study common formative assessments as a means to answer these questions. Please bring your laptop to access resources for the session.

  • PLC Protocols
    Protocols allow Professional Learning Communities to collaborate at deeper levels.This session will delve into different protocols that can be used to examine student work, reflect on professional practices, and address campus issues. Participants will have the opportunity to practice using these protocols that will strengthen their PLCs.

  • PLCs: What are the Possibilities?
    Participants will be introduced to foundational pieces necessary for implementing Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). Participants will gain a common understanding of PLCs and have opportunities to explore the three major components of a PLC. Topics will include mission and vision, core team, culture and climate, and structures as they relate to Professional Learning Communities.

  • Planning for Productive PLCs
    This session will engage teams in defining an effective Professional Learning Community (PLC). Participants will be guided in re-imagining collaborative teaching and learning, assessing current practices, and working toward building more effective PLCs. Topics will include building foundations, analyzing data, organizing teams, setting goals, defining processes, and assessing progress. Time will be allotted for networking and planning for the 2015 - 2016 school year.

  • Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle
    The Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle (PTLC) is a professional development process in which teachers collaboratively plan and implement lessons aligned to state standards. This process was designed by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) to improve a school system’s capacity to increase student achievement. Participants will bring their campus data, curriculum and resources to engage in the PTLC protocol.
Debbie Rosenbaum
(210) 370-5368
Jamie Goodwin
(210) 370-5366

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